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Liberty County's crystal ball

POSTED: June 19, 2007 5:02 a.m.
In a recent speech, LCPC chairman Jim Thomas said the population of Liberty County could increase by as much as 32 to 50 percent by the year 2030.
And it got me thinking...
What will the county be like in the not so distant future?
Of course, we must first presuppose the region will still exist, unless the polar ice caps melt from global warming, and our beloved community becomes a post apocalyptic water world where only Kevin Costner is our king.
What? I’d take Costner over Bush any day.
Anyway, I’m already straying from my more realistic hypothetical predictions, while I consider the arrival of thousands of new people.
By 2030, residential and commercial development will zigzag throughout the county. There will be real malls (instead of just strip malls), retirement communities, the economy will have sped up and the average household will make more than just $10 an hour.
Oversized car rims will be replaced by even gaudier and dumber looking chrome rims, the mullet will be replaced by male pattern baldness and the marshland coast will be converted into a NASCAR track.
In the year 2030, there will actually be public transportation in the county. No longer will pedestrians ride in the back of pickups, or have to run and jump in the box cars of freight trains to arrive at their destinations.
Unfortunately, I can also foresee the unfinished streetscape of Frank Cochran Drive.
It will never be completed.
Cochran will become a makeshift airstrip for illegal immigrants and drunken crop dusters.
An interstate will be built to connect Hinesville with interstate 95, but that won’t be completed until 2199.
And in 23 years, there will be more forms of entertainment to compete with the popular act of just driving to Wal-Mart, and buying useless discount goods.  
Golly, there is nothing I enjoy more than an afternoon drive to Wal-Mart to feast my eyes on the rich and eclectic mix of people who gather at this epicenter of Liberty County.
All joking aside though, I am eager to see the transformation of this county, and I hope many people are able to benefit on the good things this area offers.
However, in light of this drought, we must devise a way to artificially combine hydrogen and oxygen so people may actually have water to drink.
Maybe I’ll ask Costner to get that plan in the works.
 

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